By Brian Squires, Raiders Correspondent, Fri, Aug 22nd 10:38pm EDT
Maurice Jones-Drew took a big step in staking his claim as the lead back in the Raiders ground attack on Friday against Green Bay. On Oakland's first offensive drive, MJD took a 3rd and 2 carry, avoided a couple tacklers and found himself free and clear for a 40-yard touchdown scamper.
Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners of Jones-Drew circa 2011 might have been waxing nostalgic about the MJD glory days. While it was very promising to see such an explosive play from a player we just haven't seen it from the past few years, Darren McFadden still remains a threat to Jones-Drew's carries. McFadden didn't show much of anything on Friday, so continue to look at this situation with Jones-Drew as the clear number one.
By Brian Squires, Raiders Correspondent, Sat, Aug 9th 11:25am EDT
In somewhat of a surprise, Jones-Drew was in as the starting running back with the Raiders first team offense in Friday's preseason opener against the Vikings.
Fantasy Impact: While there was nothing to get too excited about from Jones-Drew's first carries in the silver and black, garnering 10 yards on just 2 carries, it's only the preseason and the Raiders offense struggled to maintain any drives. The bigger takeaway is MJD's place in the starting lineup over Darren McFadden. This will certainly be a situation to monitor for fantasy owners of both players.
McFadden showed the bigger burst, going for 23 yards on his first (and only) carry.
Both players came out of the game healthy.
Breaking Football | Jul 30th
The Oakland Raiders don’t seem to be settled on a starting running back quite yet. One thing we know, though, is they are hoping by bringing back Darren McFadden and adding veteran back Maurice Jones-Drew, is that they can get better. Getting better, at least for now, may involve McFadden sticking as the team’s starting running back come week one, as McFadden apparently has the “...